I know it sounds nuts, but Christmas is just around the corner. I try to prepare and shop for presents early but realistically that never happens and you’ll more than likely find me at a shopping centre a couple of days before the big day. So here’s one of my tips that won’t have you competing against the whole of Melbourne for a car park!
For presents for family and friends, I like to get creative as I know how nice it is to receive handmade gifts. They are always unique and come straight from the heart.
A super easy gift for you and the small peeps to make is a set of mini canvas artworks. They are inexpensive and can brighten up any room or workspace.
You will need:
- Mini canvasses (already framed) (approx. size 10cm wide)
- Kids washable paint (acrylic works best and is easy to clean up)
- Paint brushes
How many you buy (and create) depends on how many people you would like to give them to, but I would suggest a set of 3 per person is a good place to start. As they are quite small, they shouldn’t take up too much space and you can easily stick them to the wall with blu-tac.
You can buy the canvasses (and the paint and brushes) from local art shops and most $2 shops sell them now too.
Step 1: Lay out plenty of newspaper or a craft splash mat on a table.
Step 2: Set up your paint colours. I find using an ice cube tray or a plastic muffin tray makes it easy to mix the colours.
Step 3: Fill a few plastic cups with water so you can wash out the brushes in between colours. This helps the colours to stay true and not turn muddy.
Step 4: Paint your fantastic creation.
Step 5: Leave the canvasses to dry. If you need the table for lunch or dinner, move the artworks to the laundry or outside to dry properly.
Step 6: Once dry, wrap them up and pop them under the tree.
You could create these at any time of the year for friends or family members – it doesn’t just have to be a Christmas gift idea. It’s a lovely thing to do for baby’s first finger painting creations too.
If you want to take it one step further and add a personal touch to your wrapping, you could paint some large sheets of paper (at the same time as doing the artworks) and use that as wrapping paper. That way, the whole present is a beautiful and unique work of art.
PS – Stay tuned for a post on how to make your own Christmas wrapping paper.